Jonathan Thomas Madden is a musician from Rochester NY. He has served as Director of Music at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (Pittsford, NY) since 2020, and is on the faculty of the Hochstein School as Assistant Director and Composer-in-Residence of the Hochstein Youth Singers. Previously, Jon taught vocal music and choir at McQuaid Jesuit High School and served as Assistant Director for the choirs at Nazareth University. He sings with many local ensembles, including the Eastman/Christ Church Schola Cantorum, First Inversion, Musica Spei, and the Eastman-Rochester Chorus.
Jon’s compositions have been finalists in the 2022 ACDA Pearl Prize Competition (Shall We Gather at the River) and the 2023 American Prize (Music, when soft voices die). His writing for SSA ensembles has been recognized by the 2023 ACDA Focus Prize (honorable mention, The Gift to Sing) and the 2019 ACDA Brock Student Composition Competition (2nd place, The Lord is my Light).
Jon is a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition. In his time at St. Olaf, he sang with and was an ensemble pianist for the internationally renowned St. Olaf Choir and St. Olaf Chapel Choir. Currently, he is pursuing a Masters of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the Eastman School of Music.